It’s no secret that I am a huge Benedict Cumberbatch fan. I think he is a MAHvelous actor to put it lightly. I was excited to see The Imitation Game end of last year and even more excited when a screener arrived in the mail for Mungleshow to review in early December!
The Imitation Game is based on the life of mathematician Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch). Turing was a brilliant cryptanalyst and pioneer in the computer industry. His advancements in those fields helped the Allies win WWII. He received a great deal of backlash from his colleagues and superiors who thought his “code breaking machine” was a waste of time and money. He did eventually gain their support but Alan Turing faced adversity again when his homosexuality came to light after a break-in at his home. He was prosecuted and convicted for gross indecency – homosexuality was a criminal offense during this time.
The movie makes the creation and process of building the code breaking machine exciting. The personal experiences of Turing and the struggles he faces are complicated and sad when you think of what he accomplished and why he was held back. Cumberbatch was fantastic in this role, his social awkwardness that he plays so well is perfect for this character. Kiera Knightley and Matthew Goode also do well in their portrayals of members of Turing’s motley crew of highly intelligent analysts. If you are drawn to films about war history (not violent but still suspenseful), technology advancement or maybe you’re just a member of the Cumberbunch fan club – I think you’ll enjoy this one.
4.5 out of 5
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